02-26-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #42

Contract with Belinda Lorch, BrainBridge Connections


This contract is for professional development services to be provided by Belinda Lorch, a trainer and consultant with BrainBridge Connections.  Ms. Lorch is an experienced facilitator/trainer that has worked with the district in the past to provide training in Conscious Discipline.  She has extensive experience providing professional development that empowers adults to consciously respond to classroom conflict in a manner that transforms a situation into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children.

Conscious Discipline is a research based program that has been successful at school sites where students showed improvement in the areas of social problem-solving and relationships with peers.  Additionally, the program is aligned with the Social and Emotional Development Domain in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

Teachers and instructional assistants working in district prekindergarten programs will receive training, in-classroom coaching and follow-up support activities provided by Ms. Lorch.  A total of four training days are scheduled to provide one-day workshops for 150 employees.  In addition, the contract includes 10 days (60 hours) for Ms. Lorch to conduct classroom visits for the purpose of coaching and follow-up activities.

The total cost of these services is $29,833 which includes a training fee of $125 per hour for the four days to provide one-day workshops; a professional consulting fee of $66.67 per hour for classroom coaching and follow-up activities; $21,273 for training resources and materials; and $560 for travel expenses.

Approve the contract between the Offices of Title I and Head Start and BrainBridge Connections for professional development services, materials and travel in the amount of $29,833.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/26/2013
Consent after Information3/12/2013

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

Cost Center

Dr. Teresa Wright, Director, Office of Early Childhood & Title I Programs, 633-1000, ext. 340.

Attachment:  BrainBridge_Consultant Agreement_NO SS.pdf
Attachment:  Vita BrainBridge.pdf